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Institute for Communication Studies
The traditional division of labor in the field of communication studies divides the discipline into two separate sections. One section places its focus upon phenomena of public communication and mass media, whereas the other section is primarily concerned with face-to-face communication. Rapid changes in societal communication practices and technological developments, however, increasingly render it difficult to clearly distinguish between these types of communication. As a result, the separation of the field has been progressively becoming obsolete. Correspondingly, processes of communication have been more and more becoming subject to conditions of cultural diversity and, relatedly, heterogeneous expectations regarding routines and patterns of interpretation, which is particularly obvious in multicultural urban centres as well as in political, cultural, and economic cooperation on an international or transnational level. Currently, the Institute is intensifying its interest in these theoretically as well as socially highly relevant issues.
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